FREE & CHEAP SPRING BREAK

Spring Break is around the corner for Houston families. What are your plans? Don’t feel like you need to travel because Houston museums and attractions plan tons of special programming to entertain Houston kids.

Here are some Spring Break 2013 highlights featuring free & cheap family fun:

discovery green signDiscovery Green — Houston’s downtown park, Discovery Green, is always the site of free family fun — and spring break is no different. This year families can enjoy free performances including Opera to Go, Fairy Tale Blasts, and Houston Ballet. The weekend kicks off with FUNomenal Family Festival Saturday, March 9, 10 am – 6 pm with foam party, story time, dance workshop, Baby Olympics, inflatable slides and obstacles, live music, and the Houston Rockets street team. March 11 is dubbed Sports Day with music, dance, exercise, Houston Dynamo activities, Quad Jumper Trampolines, and The Baby Issac Crew, 11:30 am – 4 pm. March 12 is a don’t miss event with a Houston Ballet performance at noon and Foam Party, from 1 pm – 4 pm. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney. photo: Christine Tremoulet

HLSR 2013Houston Livestock Show & RodeoValue Wednesday is the day to save money on Houston Rodeo fun! Select seats are just $10 to the rodeo and concert with Jake Owen performing Wednesday, March 13. Check out the livestock show, AGventure, carnival and shopping at Reliant Park for just $5 for adults. Kids and seniors are free! Don’t miss the $2 games and $2 food bites from 11 am – 4 pm in Kids’ Country Carnival. Purchase tickets online.

Studio Movie Grill — Families can enjoy a kid-friendly matinee for just $2 per ticket March 8-17 at 11 am (plus every March weekend). This month’s SMG Toons feature is Barbie in the Pink Shoes, rated G. SMG Toons matinee will be shown at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre, 805 Town & Country. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

blessington farms strawberryBlessington Farms — Head to the farm for spring break fun March 12 and March 14 with no entry fee in March. Kids will enjoy outdoor fun at Blessington Farms such as playing on Sand Mountain, free hay rides, giant slide, and encounters with heritage chickens. Pick your own strawberries for just $5 per pound. Blessington Farms is located in Simonton about 40 miles west of downtown Houston. The farm is open 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

IKEA Houston — The Swedish retailer is all about kids during spring break. Special spring break events include something new each day such as clown fun, puppet party, Super Hero training, Comicpalooza, Mad Science, Houston Zoo mobile, and Radio Disney. Find the complete schedule online. IKEA Houston is located at 7810 Katy Freeway at Antoine.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — Don’t miss Free Family Thursday all day March 14!  Plus, this wonderful Houston museum is offering special family activities for spring break March 11-15  such as sketching in the galleries, investigating works of art, creating works of art in the studio, kid films, and learning from family packs. Admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-18. Located at 1001 Bissonnet.

cmhouston spring breakThe Children’s Museum of Houston — The Children’s Museum of Houston does it up big for spring break every year. Destination Celebration Spring Break Bash 2013 is dubbed the “ultimate family destination” with hands-on activities, bungee trampoline, Human Hamster Ball, Dance Party, and daily entertainment. Don’t miss March 14 (3.14) celebrating Pi Day, Albert Einstein’s birthday, and the huge 4th annual  Shaving Cream Pi(e) fight at 1:59 pm. First 50 visitors each day will receive a beautiful lei! Go free on Thursday for Free Family Night from 5 pm – 8 pm. Admission is $9 per person with hours 10 am – 6 pm. Located at 1500 Binz.

The Health Museum — Save money with this coupon for Buy One, Get One Half Price admission for up to 4 people. The Backyard Monsters exhibit returns to The Health Museum March 9, just in time for spring break! Families also can participate in Health & Wellness Week 2013 March 11-16. Each day features different activities including science shows, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, healthy snacks, and games. Don’t miss Free Family Thursday from 2 pm – 5 pm with free admission for all, and UT Brain Night, March 14, 6 pm – 8 pm. Families can see a real brain and ask doctors questions.  $8/adults and $6/children. 1515 Hermann Drive.

Alley Theatre — Attend a free play at the Alley Theatre! Students from the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Sunflower, Mississippi, return to Houston to perform another original play titled A Boy Name Bobo: The Story of Emmett Till, Thursday, March 14, 2 pm. The Freedom Project, started 15 years ago by three Teach for America alums, is offering free tickets to Houston on the Cheap readers. You must reserve seats by CLICKING HERE. Email Shawn Raymond at sraymond@susmangodfrey.com with questions.

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum –Thanks to a special exhibit, the museum is offering free admission over Spring Break (March 12-March 16) for its special Rise Above traveling exhibit — highlighting the challenges and achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black American pilots. Located at Hobby Airport.

Space Center Houston — Lots of special activities and guests are planned for Spring Break at Space Center Houston. Enjoy MathAlive, Angry Birds Space, movies about the space shuttle, Mission to Mars!, or take a NASA Tram Tour for a behind-the-scenes journey. Get half-price admission to Space Center Houston March 9-17 when you purchase tickets online. Adults tickets are $11.45 (half price) and children 4-11 are $9.45 (half price). Space Center Houston is located south of downtown Houston near Webster, 1601 NASA Parkway.

PARKING & TRAFFIC: Before heading out, check out the parking recommendations and traffic closures offered by City of Houston around popular attractions for Houston spring break. The area attracts around 350,000 folks daily thanks to the Houston Rodeo, Texas Medical Center, and Houston Museum District.